The Grand Masonic Lodge of Colorado, A.F. & A. M. (Ancient Free and Accepted Masons) offers two programs to assist graduating seniors planning to attend institutions of higher learning within the State of Colorado.
Since 1966, scholarships amounting to over $8.5 million have been awarded to more than 700 students. In 2008, there were 16 new recipients.
The scholarships are for up to $7,000 per year, renewable for four years for a total of $28,000, and are awarded primarily for leadership, maturity, need and scholastic ability without reference to race, creed, color, sex or Masonic relationship. The only requirements are that an applicant be a graduating senior in a public high school in Colorado and that he or she attend an institution of higher learning within the State of Colorado.
In 2003, the Grand Lodge started a vocational grant program. This program awards up to 15 grants per year in the amount of $2,000 for vocational training. These are a onetime grant.
Last year, Pagosa Springs High School graduate Daniel Martinez received a grant to attend Mesa State College to pursue the Electric Line Worker Program along with obtaining a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and EMT certification.
Local applications are reviewed and applicants interviewed by the members of Pagosa Lodge No. 114’s Scholarship Committee. The completed application and a Lodge Letter of Evaluation for each applicant are forwarded to the Grand Lodge.
Recipients are selected by a Scholarship Committee of seven well-qualified individuals with the Grand Master’s guidance and approval.
Application materials and instructions are available from the high school guidance counselor Mark Thompson. Points of contact for Pagosa Lodge No. 114 are Dale Schwicker (731-3363) or Richard Wholf (731-2012).